Christmas seems to have become a more consumerist and religious occurrence, all of us in some way involved with the unstoppable race to the last gift, often shaking our lives in the name of consumer and market logic that incites and almost compels us to buy as much as possible … But to find out the meaning of Christmas is perhaps more useful to get out of shop windows and turn back to the oldest cults: Christmas is above all a symbol of rebirth and renewal.
The Christmas festivities, with all the uses, habits and formal obligations that this period entails, seem to put the lives of each one of us tough. You are forced to deal with family ties and situations that are not always easy to handle, making gifts becomes more and more a duty than a pleasure, the chaos that sneaks over urban cities makes it difficult to move and preserve ordinary rhythms of life … In short, our life is destined to be disrupted during the pre-Christmas period in the name of consumerist and convivial logic that often escapes us. But is it possible, even in the present times, to rediscover the meaning of Christmas?
The mythological meaning of Christmas
Carl Gustav Jung agreed to take care of and publish, in the last part of his life, a book that boasts many contributors from his title (Man and His Symbols). The aim was to translate the principles of Analytical Psychology to non-practitioners by exposing some of its theories in a more divulgative way and also accessible to a non-specialist public. Joseph Enderson, author of the chapter (Ancient Myths and Modern Man), shows with great clarity how the symbols and meanings that organize the myths are, in essence, the same as those found in many modern man’s dreams that bear witness to how much themes of the Collective Consciousness, are transversal to human individualities and to individual historical epochs. It is in this sense that the meaning of Christmas, connected with ancient solstice festivals, can also be recovered, in order to propose that the lands left inactive during the winter would return in spring to new life; a feast then of the first earthly and then mythological rebirth symbolized in this sense by the coming of a Divine Child.
Solstice festivals were linked from antiquity to the cult of the sun and the new life that this would bring to the end of Winter. Sol Invictus can be considered the Christmas worship of Christmas as we know it today. This worship originates in the East, and in particular in Syria and Egypt, where even in the early days the coming of the Sun was represented in the myth of a divine child born of a virgin woman: it is the triumph of light in the darkness that already in times Ancient was celebrated near December 25 or in any case of the winter solstice
The worship of the Sun was perpetuated in the Roman era by joining in the worship of god Mitra (also pictured as a child) and was the Aurelian emperor to formally form the date of 25 December for the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti holiday dedicated to birth of the Sun, the god destined to bring light to the darkness of winter. The Christian Christmas establishment, which identifies the date of December 25 as the birth of the Child Jesus, symbol of the truth, knowledge and spiritual awareness, has come to this worship.
Christmas is a symbol of rebirth, renewal and therefore change, hope and trust. confidence that through the darkness of life, it strengthens the knowledge and awareness of its resources. it is through this the winters of existence, which, in fact, conceal the creative and regenerating potentials of the psyche, which can promote a change and an internal evolution. It is a great opportunity, therefore, to reconnect with its energies of renewal and transformation.